{Best Dressed} 87th Academy Awards

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

-Honorable Mentions-







TV personality Lara Spencer attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on

Rachael Harris.

-Best Dressed-

It was great to watch the Academy Awards live on TV! I finally have my basic cable channels back, thanks to moving around my antenna (duh!)!

Who was your best dressed? Check out my best dressed from last year's Oscars, here

The Cards the White Pen Failed...

Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy Monday! I had an unusually (mostly due to my normal level of laziness) productive weekend. Errands completed, house cleaned, oil changed! So nice to have a clean apartment! But so much work to keep it that way. Anyway... I made sure to make some cards this week. There were really great theme and layout challenges I didn't want to miss out on this week.

But the theme of my cards this week, is... "The Cards the White Pen Failed...". I tried using my white Silhouette pen on two of the three cards this week and it just didn't turn out with the intensity I wanted. On the first card it smudged (my fault, sort of) and on the second card it basically erased itself as it wrote. Annoying. But practice makes... betterment.

Never Iron a Four-Leaf Clover, Because You Don't Want to Press Your Luck | Fun St. Patrick's Day Card | It's Always Ruetten

The first card is a St. Patrick's Day card. I love St. Patrick's Day... mainly because I love emerald green. For this card I combined a layout sketch and a challenge to make a card that is monochromatic. Other than the faint white ink and the smudging over the Never Iron, I really like this card. The green background is sort of iridescent and adds a fun element to the card. 

I chalked up the problems with the white pen on the last card to user error. So I went straight into a second card using the white pen only to be disappointed again. This time it was as though the pen was erasing itself as it double wrote it. Maybe I should only have the pen write one time. But I'm still happy with the look of the card. It was a bit hard to photograph and everything looks really sort of blah, but the colors really are bright and vibrant in person.

Bestest Wishes Birthday Card | It's Always Ruetten

Here's the sentiment close up:

I used a theme challenge (hearts or arrows) and a layout sketch for this card:

Here's another photo of the card. 

The last card this week is actually the first of its type that I've made... a Get Well card!

I didn't get the cleanest cut o the words, I'm thinking maybe my blade needs to be replaced. I used a photo/theme challenge and layout sketch 

Well there it is! Another week, another set of cards!

Check back tomorrow for my best dressed from last night's Academy Awards! Hope the start to your week is a good one!

Happy Mardi Gras!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Fat Tuesday! I can't even fake that I am in any way an expert on Mardi Gras, New Orleans culture, Lent... none of it. But a few weeks ago, I was looking in my cabinets for something new to make for dinner and it hit me... red beans and rice! This recipe is infused with flavor, is definitely not authentic, but is so quick and easy to make.

The first thing you need to have before you can even think about making red beans and rice is creole seasoning. You can either make your own (here's a good recipe) or use a good quality prepared seasoning (I used Tony Chaceres and would recommend it). Alright, now that we have that part ready, let's get to the recipe.

Half a smoked sausage or kielbasa, cut in thin slices
One can of red beans (I prefer light red kidney beans), drained
Once can of no salt green beans, drained
Rice (and water)
Creole seasoning

1. Start cooking your rice according to package instructions (or in the best invention ever - a rice cooker!);
2. In a dry pan, place the cut sausage or kielbasa into the pan in a single layer, sprinkle with creole seasoning;
3. Let sausage cook until the piece start to dome;
4. Once domed, turn the pieces over with tongs and season again;
5. Once the sausage is cooked, add in the drained beans and green beans and add additional seasoning (to your personal taste);
6. Mix together and heat through;
7. Once the rice is cooked, plate the rice and top with the sausage mixture.
8. Enjoy and pretend you are vacationing in Louisiana!

This dish definitely tastes indulgent, but other than the sausage and the salt in the spice mixture it's not too bad for you!

I hope you have a great Mardi Gras ya'll!

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I was "Commissioned"...

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Monday! I was "commissioned" this last week by a co-worker (the one whose wedding in Utah I went to a few years ago) to make a Valentine's Day card for her husband. It was exciting to make a card for someone who was going to give it to someone. But it was pretty tricky making a masculine (or just not feminine) Valentine's Day card.

I decided to go for a hot air balloon theme, since New Mexico is indeed the capitol of hot air balloons! Sorry for the poor quality pictures - I took them on my phone. :-/

Once I chose the balloon theme, "Love is in the Air" was the perfect sentiment. I'm sharing this card at the CASology challenge.

This card was the only one I made this week, but it was an extra-special card so I'm okay with that.

I hope you all have a great week! We'll see ya back here tomorrow!

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